Control Systems Cybersecurity USA (8th annual live) Control Systems Cybersecurity USA (8th annual live)

Adapting to the Threat Environment (Virtual)

EDT
Stream and Physical Kenzies

Rob Scott (Virtual pres)
Bechtel, Senior Project Manager and Cybersecurity Business Manager

Rob Scott is a Senior Project Manager in Bechtel Group, Inc. and has served as Cybersecurity Business Manager since June 2020. Rob joined Bechtel in 2011 as the Performance, Risk, and Cross Harbor Operations Manager, for the Procurement Joint Execution Team (PJET), in support of Bechtel’s Curtis Island LNG projects in Queensland, Australia. As a PJET founding team member, he played a key role in this major effort to integrate procurement management (including transportation and logistics) of three simultaneous, side-by-side LNG plants constructed on Curtis Island. Subsequently, he served in executive management and operations roles, including senior project manager for the Keystone XL project for TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. (North America), pipeline area construction manager for BHP Billiton’s Escondida Water Supply Project (Chile), project delivery manager for BP’s West Nile Delta Plants (Egypt) and senior project manager for the outside battery limit scope of the PTTDLM - Ohio Petrochemical Project. In addition, during 2020 he also served as program manager for Bechtel’s COVID-19 Crisis Response Team answering a national call for help in planning and responding to the pandemic through Alternate Care Facilities. Prior to joining Bechtel in November 2011, Rob had a distinguished 21-year career in the United States Marine Corps. Rob graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, with Engineering core, from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He is also a Certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute and served as a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow (Executive Fellowship) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Rob volunteers to help transitioning veterans find apprenticeships in the construction field and champions development and implementation of innovation initiatives.

Katie Pehrson (Virtual pres)
Bechtel, Industrial Control Systems Lab Manager

Katie Pehrson manages Bechtel’s Industrial Control System (ICS) Cybersecurity Lab. In this role she is responsible for incorporating ICS cybersecurity requirements, best practices, and lessons learned into Bechtel’s work processes and supporting cybersecurity delivery on several projects across NS&E. Katie joined Bechtel in 2001 as a Control Systems Engineer in the Power GBU. In this role she was responsible for development of Distributed Control Systems (DCS) design, programming, and testing for the Rijnmond and Spalding combined cycle power plants. She then transitioned to Bechtel National, Inc. where she was assigned to the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) supporting control system design and testing, including acceptance testing and vendor shops and Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) project where she was responsible for managing ground systems and launch system software development and deployment. She also provided quality assurance software verification activities at subcontractor’s facilities. Subsequently, she returned to the Power GBU where she was responsible for development of the Simulator, DCS, and Programmable Logic Supervisory System Specifications and integration on the TXU Standard Project. She also developed engineering quantity, job-hour budgets, equipment costs and deliverables for lump sum estimates for domestic and international power projects. In 2009 she was certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt and completed 9 process improvement projects, Strategic Gap Analysis, and various data analysis and metric development activities for several projects. She then returned to Control Systems Engineering where she was the responsible control systems engineer for Main Steam, Feedwater, Aux Steam, Condensate systems, and Cybersecurity program on the Generation mPower project. After her role on Generation mPower she joined the Bluegrass project as a Quality Systems Engineer/Performance Excellence Supervisor where she was responsible for leading project Apparent Cause Evaluations, authoring the project Causal Analysis procedure, and implementing a culture-focused quality program that incorporated continuous improvement, metrics, trending, self-assessments, causal analysis, and human performance. Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Maryland. In 2020 Katie was appointed to Control System Cyber Security Association International (CS)2AI founding fellowship program.


  • Vanishing divide between IT and OT
  • What is the voice of the customer?
  • Dealing with the hype and understanding the threats
  • Integration of technologies and partnerships
  • Beyond OT Cybersecurity to Asset Performance Management